Chris Algieri faces Erick Bone on Jacobs-Quillin card on December 5th
By Allan Fox: Former world title challenger Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) will be attempting to halt his 2-fight losing streak on December 5th when he faces the 5’10” light welterweight Erick Bone (16-2, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight on the undercard of the Peter Quillin vs. Daniel Jacobs card on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Algieri-Bone fight will take place in the 147lb division, where the 32-year-old Algieri has had his last two fights. #6 WBO 147lb contender Algieri was beaten recently by Amir Khan in a close controversial 12 round decision defeat last May.
It was easily Khan’s toughest fight since his loss to Danny Garcia in 2012. Algieri bulked up for the fight and put a great deal of pressure on Khan throughout the entire fight. The only reason Algieri came up short was because he failed to apply enough pressure in the championship rounds to get the win.
Bone, 26, is a tough opponent for Algieri and it isn’t necessarily a given that he’ll beat him. Bone, 5’10”, could pull off an upset if Algieri doesn’t put a ton of pressure on him the way Bone’s last opponent Shawn Porter did in their fight in March of this year. Porter had all kinds of problems with Bone until stopping him in the 5th round.
This will be a real test for Algieri, and a good measuring stick for how good he is at 147. If Algieri can’t beat Bone, then it’s obvious that he doesn’t belong at 147. Bone is a light welterweight, so it would give you a good indication where Algieri is heading for that division as well.
A loss for Algieri in this fight would be a true disaster for his career, because there are much better fighters at 147 and 140 then Bone.
“I am very excited to return to Barclays Center, where I have had some of my best showings,” said Algieri. “On Dec. 5, I am looking forward to having my best performance yet.”
Algieri isn’t a big puncher, so he’s going to need to put his punches together in order to get Bone out of there on 12/5. Bone has been stopped by Porter and outpointed by Alberto Mosquera in a 12 round decision loss in 2013.
Bone is hoping to take Algieri’s scalp and adding it to his collection. “This is a huge fight for me,” said Bone. “After my performance on Dec. 5, the world will know my name.”
The co-feature bout on the Quillin-Jacobs fight is a fight between WBA featherweight belt holder Jesus Cuellar And Jonathan Oquendo.